HOW IT PERFORMS
For its intended purpose of eliminating vertical movements, it works ok. If you match the elastic bands to your camera just right and don’t move too fast, you get pretty good results. But if you start moving quickly, the results get a bit funky. As more energy enters the elastic bands, the camera begins bouncing up and down with each fast, heavy step you take, essentially bringing the vertical movement back into the frame. If you get the bands really tight, that helps at super high speed, but it also seems to introduce horizontal movement into the frame at certain speeds. So it seems that in order to remove vertical translation with the Slingshot, you need to tune the system to not only the exact weight of your camera rig, but to the speed at which you’ll be moving as well. This works great for a long walk-and-talk shot that would burn up your arms otherwise, but for random, unplanned run-and-gun footage, the Slingshot seems to solve some problems and simultaneously create others.
So let’s talk about where the Slingshot shines and blows minds. You can optionally purchase two carbon fiber monopods with clamps on the end that attach to the top bar of your MōVI. These allow you to push the MōVI away from you for the full length of the monopods, while the elastic bands hold onto the MōVI securely. Thus, you become a MōVI puppeteer, aka a moving technocrane. You can push the MōVI up, out, down, around, over and under your subject, into hard-to-reach spaces, and so on. You can strap yourself to the cab of a pickup truck or pursuit vehicle and become a small human Russian arm. The possibilities are endless and the results are nothing short of amazing. Quite literally, there is no other way to get these sorts of shots.